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Feature:
Lung Cancer

Questions to Ask Your Health Professional

Tests

  • What type of lung cancer do I have?
  • Has the cancer spread from the lung? If so, to where?
  • May I have a copy of test results?

Surgery

  • What kind of surgery do you suggest for me?
  • How will I feel after surgery?
  • If I have pain, how can we control it?
  • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • Will I have any lasting side effects?
  • When can I get back to my normal activities?

Radiation Therapy

  • When will treatment start? When will it end? How often will I have treatments?
  • How will I feel during treatment? Will I be able to drive myself to and from treatment?
  • What can I do to take care of myself before, during, and after treatment?
  • How will we know the treatment is working?
  • What side effects should I expect? What should I tell you about?
  • Are there any lasting effects?

Chemotherapy or Targeted Therapy

  • Which drug or drugs do you suggest for me? What will they do?
  • What are the possible side effects? What can we do about them?
  • When will treatment start? When will it end? How often will I have treatments?
  • How will we know the treatment is working?
  • Will there be lasting side effects?

To Find Out More

  • MedlinePlus: www.medlineplus.gov Type "lung cancer" into Search box.
  • www.smokefree.gov (See this issue's back cover for more information.)
  • Be Tobacco Free: www.BeTobaccoFree.gov brings together information on the health effects of tobacco, quitting smoking, and more.
  • The What You Need To Know About™ Lung Cancer booklet (www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/lung) provides information about lung cancer diagnosis, staging, treatment, and comfort care. Information specialists also can answer questions about cancer at 1-800-4-CANCER.
  • The NCI Lung Cancer Home Page provides up-to-date information on lung cancer treatment, prevention, genetics, causes, screening, testing, and related topics. (www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/lung)
  • Information on treatment options for non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer is available from PDQ, NCI's comprehensive cancer database. (www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq)
  • Clinical trials for non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer can be found in NCI's list of clinical trials. (www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials)
Read More "Lung Cancer" Articles

Understand and Preventing Lung Cancer / Early Detection Is the Key / Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatments & Research / Questions to Ask Your Health Professional / It's Never Too Late to Quit Smoking

Winter 2013 Issue: Volume 7 Number 4 Page 8